National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Maryland Chapter

Treatment & Recovery

"Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. 

Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases." * (download full document)

*Adopted by the ASAM Board of Directors September 15, 2019 © Copyright 2019. American Society of Addiction Medicine, Inc.
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If you think you are in need of drug treatment please contact you primary care physician or contact you local health department to get information on treatment facilities in your area.  If you think you face a medical emergency due to your abusing alcohol or drugs, please seek immediate medical attention by contacting your physician, or by going to the nearest emergency room.

The disease of addiction holds little regard to one's age, race, gender, upbringing or socio-economic status. If you think you have a problem with addiction, just thinking that you do, is a major step in the right direction. Many have acted on such thought by reaching out for help. There are many people who understand just where you are at, what you are feeling and going through, and who are ready, willing and able to help you.

If you are ready to take the first step toward living a recovery-focused life, free of drugs and alcohol, ask for help. You will soon find you are not alone.

While many people seek treatment on their own volition, many others are helped along the way by family members, friends, doctors, employers, teachers, and members of the clergy. If you fall into one of these, or another, group(s), and are concerned about someone, please take the initiative in seeking help for the person. Your actions could save their life.

If you are looking for substance abuse treatment for yourself or someone you love, refer to the links below:


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